South of Imagination (2021-2022)
The cultural sphere of the South reinstates critical thinking, draws new values, and builds spaces of subjective and collective freedom as an alternative to the economic neoliberal paradigm. This transformative process inspired Valerio Rocco Orlando to create a platform for mutual learning, an intersubjective horizon aimed at demodernizing and decolonizing education. What are the teachings offered by Southern epistemologies that transform the world through a specific desire to understand it? How can we envision and foster a self-reflective education which can generate knowledge, equity, solidarity beyond neoliberalism?
In dialogue with multidisciplinary spaces founded by international artists in Albania, Morocco, and Egypt, a digital platform brought together diverse communities of practice through collaborative workshops. This process-based research—aimed at establishing a new school of the arts in Matera—has evolved into a multi-channel video installation, which is now part of the permanent collection of the Museo del Novecento in Milan.
Project supported by the Italian Council (9th Edition 2020), program to promote Italian contemporary art in the world by the Directorate-General for Contemporary Creativity of the Italian Ministry of Culture.